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On Mastering Chess Tactics - Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Tue, Apr 22 2008 (18:09)

Undeserved thrill is how I would characterize my sentiments towards this follow up to the inaugural issue of my column. If you are new to this column, please consider reading the first installment to facilitate a proper introduction to what is to follow. The first one lays out plainly the underlying philosophy that this column is about.



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Written by MonRoi Support on Mon, Apr 21 2008 (09:26)

Atlanta, Georgia, USA- April 2008



We intended to just having fun. And somehow we won. Amanda Mateer- Bughouse Championship Winner

My favorite band is probably Red Hot Chili Peppers. Marc Arnold

I like the way that you can scroll and see all live games. That’s pretty cool. Daniel Rensch

I am happy! Daniel Yeager- 2008 High School Championship Winner


I’d like to recognize the person who helps to make all this happen. Please give your thanks to Ms. Pat Knight. Bill Hall- Executive Director USCF


Chess Life magazine will be covering the event. Please, if you have any stories, games, feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Attendance: Over 1,200 chess players. 

On Mastering Chess Tactics - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Wed, Apr 16 2008 (16:12)

Only a handful of chess authors truly understand the best method of mastering tactics. Most authors believe, as evidenced by the books and software available in the market, that puzzle exercises and solving them are the best approach to learning tactics. They could never be so wrong. The best way to learn tactics for most people is to actually learn them by seeing the transition point in its entirety from the opening phase to the beginning point of the puzzle.



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2008 USCF National Junior High Chess Championship Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Tue, Apr 15 2008 (18:11)

Dallas, Texas, April 2008




At the end of the day, I think that you know that what you are doing is making a difference in the next generation. Jerry Nash, USCF Scholastic Director


It’s a great tournament – Junior High Nationals. My first time (here), it was awesome. My dad was watching on MonRoi. It was great for him. My mom was really excited after every game watching at home, checking the website all the time to see the games & results. David Adelberg


You have to always stay focused on the position. Michael Lee- K9 Winner!



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Attendance: More than 900 chess players.


Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Tue, Apr 08 2008 (16:07)


What is this blog about? Well, I will write just about anything on the subject of chess improvement in general and on tactics theory in particular. Since I already posted in a number of popular blogs about the Andrews-Ivanov controversial encounter from the US Qualifier Open in Tulsa, I will save potential readers from overkill by refraining from commenting on it further except this notice. My perspective carries some ounce of weight on the matter because I was an eyewitness to the episode. I was the guy who went and fetched the TD when Todd’s forceful objections to Ivanov’s apparent disregard of the scorekeeping rule began to annoy the other top players.


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